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"Wireless, robust, adaptive, industrial systems for industrial automation and production logistics (DRAISE)", BMBF, 2016-2019

The automation of production plants in industry is constantly advancing. Reliable data transmission systems are a necessary prerequisite for this: This is the only way to guarantee smooth production processes.
The consortium pursues a holistic approach in which data from industrial plants are reliably recorded by radio frequency. This is achieved by coexistence management of the transmission nodes and radio resources: intelligent channel switching and time-shifted transmission of data are designed to ensure smooth operation. Optimally scheduled transmission of the data not only promotes robustness, but also lowers the latency of data transmission. The technologies developed are implemented and tested in a networked transport trolley, which moves production parts within production plants. This trolley is equipped with sensors that transmit measurement data such as vibration, temperature or brightness so that other components connected to the network can access it.
The central innovation of the project lies in the development of a reliable, robust communication system that forwards the data in an appropriate manner to users or the systems that monitor the production processes. These developments are of central importance for the entire production logistics, the control and monitoring of internal transport, transshipment and storage processes. They are making a significant contribution to establishing wireless communication systems in the automated industry and paving the way to "Industry 4.0" and an "Internet of Things".
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"Use of measurement technology for recording and monitoring environmental parameters in museums and collections", Berliner Senatsverwaltung and ESF, 2014-2015

The joint practice project with the University of Applied Sciences Berlin (HTW) deals with the recording and monitoring of environmental parameters in museums and museum collections. The current topic focuses on relevant measurement parameters, such as air temperature and relative humidity, which have often only been collected with hand-held measuring devices or data loggers.
The wireless measuring systems, which have been adapted to the specific needs of the museums, will be tested with the department of conservation and restoration/excavation technology of the HTW and offer, in addition to a higher accuracy and a finer measuring cycle, an innovative web-based live data view. This makes it possible to identify damaging environmental conditions immediately by a remote expert team or by means of an automated analysis and to remedy them promptly.
As a result, measuring instruments evaluated in accordance with conservation requirements, extensive data sets and well-founded experience in handling the measuring instruments are expected. The project, which is funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research from the European Social Fund (ESF), will end in May 2015.

"Intelligent Radio-based Irrigation (IFUB)", BMEL, 2012-2015

The project aims to develop an intelligent and flexible irrigation system with automation components that wirelessly network advanced data processing and collection systems to increase the efficiency of irrigation on farmland and plantations. The potential for application is seen particularly in the following areas:
  • Fruit growing, vegetable growing, special crops outdoors
  • Protected crops (greenhouses, foil tunnels)
  • Agriculture, especially sugar beet, potatoes, etc.
The added value of the system from the user's point of view is that the irrigation should be more ecological, economical, resource-saving and energy-efficient. During the implementation, a high degree of flexibility of the components and systems is aimed at in order to be able to cope with the very wide range of agricultural and horticultural uses. The new approach consists of programming the individual distributed and networked systems with their own intelligence, which enables the system to analyze and interpret the measured data independently, and to trigger corresponding actions on a decentralized basis. This is only possible through a flexible, autonomous and radio-based real-time irrigation system that intelligently adapts to environmental conditions and recognises the need. Such a system uses intelligent irrigation modules, incorporates sensors and actuators, and incorporates weather data from a more local and global context.
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"Holistic energy-efficient renovation of old buildings (GESA)", BMWi, 2012-2014

The GESA network for the holistic energy-efficient refurbishment of old buildings was created by medium-sized companies and research institutions as part of the ZIM-NEMO programme of the project promoter VDI/VDE/IT. An increasing number of companies in the construction and planning sector with their own R&D activities in cooperation with research institutions provide expertise in the following fields, which are concentrated in project groups:
  • Energy-efficient building envelope
  • Energy-efficient plant technology
  • Consulting, Planning
  • Project management
The network's objective is to achieve sustainable energy efficiency by taking a holistic view of the overall situation, from the initial survey to the planning and execution of construction projects, right through to the utilisation phase, using innovative techniques and technologies for the refurbishment and modernisation of old buildings. The main focus is on the integrated planning of the outer shell, the plant engineering as well as the control and regulation technology for the energy supply of a building. To this end, GESA partner companies and scientific institutions work together in thematic working groups on research and development projects.

"The Intelligent Container - Networked Intelligent Objects in Logistics", BMBF, 2010-2013

"The 'intelligent container' has been developed by the Microsystems Centre Bremen, ComNets and LogDynamcisLab for autonomous monitoring of transports of perishable or sensitive goods. Various technologies such as RFID, sensor networks and software agents are linked in the system to ensure continuous and goods-specific monitoring of the transport containers. Local pre-processing of sensory data reduces costs for external mobile communication. An embedded processor platform integrated in the container, truck or trailer calculates a model to predict quality changes for each item. When a risk to the goods is identified, the goods owner or transport coordinator automatically receives a message."
(Source:, as of 16.06.2011)
Virtenio GmbH is actively involved in the collaborative project in the field of container logistics at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Virtenio will contribute its many years of experience in the field of sensors and actuators. Virtenio's efficient hardware solutions and virtual machine are welcome enhancements for the entire project.
Project partners:
ATB CHS COMNETS DOLE OHB ELBAU ITEM TI AICAS Virtenio ISISIC Microsoft Prosyst Seeburger Cargobull Kuehn UniBonn unknown IMSAS Otaris BiBa RunGis